Tax help to be offered throughout Care Connection region

Date: January 31, 2019 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services will offer seniors assistance in filing federal and state income tax returns in five senior centers and the Missouri Property Tax Credit application in all of our counties during tax season.
The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program will be offered by appointment, according to Kathy Ray-Smith, who directs the program for Care Connection. The five E-file sites, where income tax and the Missouri Property Tax Credit (Circuit Breaker) can be filed, are senior centers in Clinton, Cole Camp, Warrensburg, Warsaw and Wheatland.
Seniors 60 and older are eligible for free tax assistance, including help in electronically filing their federal and state income tax returns and their “Circuit Breaker” Missouri Property Tax Credit application, Ray-Smith said.
Senior centers in all 13 counties will offer appointments for seniors to file for the MO-PTC, also known as the Circuit Breaker.
“The program operates because of our volunteers, and we do not have them in every center,” Ray-Smith said. “However, our hope is that all seniors in our 13-county service area will be able to find a center close enough to them to get the income tax help they need.”
The free service is open to all seniors; however, Ray-Smith suggests that any taxpayer who has a more complicated return seek professional tax accounting assistance.
The service helps both older adults and their communities, Ray-Smith said.
“When seniors get their income tax returns and property tax rebates, these folks have more money to spend in their own communities,” she said.
Participants need to bring photo identification, proof of Social Security numbers, and 2017 and 2018 tax documents to file income tax returns. People who are applying for a MO-PTC need to provide a receipt for paid property tax or a receipt for total rent paid. The property tax rebate may be applied retroactively for three years.
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